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A summer full of fish and chips on our highways

Posted 08/18/2022

Did you know that Washington is the true home of fish and chips? If you travel on state highways this summer, there is a good chance you will come across a fish passage barrier removal or chip seal project - learn more about both in this blog post!

Two-week closure of SR 9 near Norway Park in Skagit County begins Aug. 22

Posted 08/16/2022

LAKE MCMURRAY – People living and driving near Norway Park in Lake McMurray will need to prepare for an around-the-clock two-week closure of State Route 9 in both directions for fish passage work.

Addressing aviation needs: public invited to virtual open house and public meetings about the future of aviation Online open house Aug. 15 - Sept. 9; virtual public meetings planned for Aug. 23 and 31

Posted 08/15/2022

The demand for aviation in Washington state is growing and will soon exceed the capacity of some highly used existing facilities.

Paving and roundabout construction begins Aug. 15 on US 395 in Stevens County

Posted 08/12/2022

LOON LAKE – Drivers near Loon Lake should plan for extra travel time and detours as work to improve safety and provide a smoother ride on US 395 is set to begin Monday, Aug. 15. Construction crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin paving 12 miles of the highway between Loon Lake…

Ramp meters along northbound SR 167 in Pacific reactivate on Aug. 15

Posted 08/12/2022

SUMNER – On Monday, Aug. 15, the Washington State Department of Transportation will reactivate the Jovita Boulevard/Stewart Road ramp meter to northbound SR 167 and the Ellingson Road ramp meter to northbound SR 167.

Northbound SR 167 HOV lane opening from Sumner to Auburn

Posted 08/12/2022

SUMNER - This afternoon and evening, Friday, Aug. 12 Graham Contracting, LTD crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are opening a 7-mile section of the new northbound SR 167 HOV lane, from Sumner to Auburn. The new HOV lane is expected to be open by 8 p.m. Friday night.

Night groovin’ with accordions on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Posted 08/11/2022

Our crews recently worked on maintaining accordion joints on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. What are accordion joints? They are special devices that allow bridges to expand and contract with weather changes and seismic activity.

Yakama Nation Tribal Council signs resolution to support four roundabouts on US 97, SR 22 and SR 223

Posted 08/10/2022

The Yakama Nation Tribal Council signed a resolution for the Washington State Department of Transportation to move forward with building four roundabouts along US 97 and State Route 22 from Lateral A to State Route 223.

Help us plan for the six-day closure of the Lewis and Clark Bridge in 2023

Posted 08/09/2022

In 2023 the Lewis and Clark Bridge (also known as the Rainier Bridge) on State Route 433 between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon will fully close for six days for repairs and preservation work. Before we close the bridge, we want to hear from those who may be affected most by this work to ask a few questions…

Work to open fish habitat in Purdy Creek under SR 16 and SR 302 begins this month

Posted 08/09/2022

PURDY – As early as Monday, Aug. 15, Kraemer North America crews, working for the Washington Department of Transportation, will begin work along State Route 16 near Purdy Creek. People traveling in the area will begin to see orange construction cones and work activity on the shoulders and median of SR 16, between the…

Traction tires are a special type of tire

manufactured with at least 1/8 of an inch tread. Traction tires are usually marked with a mountain/snowflake symbol, the letters M+S or “All Season.”

Carry chains, practice before leaving

Requiring chains keeps traffic moving during storms rather than closing a pass or roadway.

Prep your car. Fill up your gas tank,

pack jumper cables, ice scraper, warm clothing, snacks and water.